25) GBD, Washington, D.C.: Maple-Bourbon Glazed with Bacon
A newcomer to the donut world, GBD (short for "Golden Brown and Delicious") was opened earlier this year by the husband-and-wife duo of chef Kyle Bailey and pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac, and they’ve already raised the bar when it comes to D.C. donuts. Open from early in the morning to very late at night, they serve some insanely delicious fried chicken, but the crowds are flocking for the donuts. With a brioche base and the deft hand of a truly skilled pastry chef, available varieties include grapefruit Campari, coffee cake, and peanut butter and jelly, but the award goes to the square maple-bourbon glazed donut topped with crumbled bacon. Airy, sticky, and perfectly balanced, the bacon is no gimmick: it perfectly complements the maple and bourbon and makes for a truly craveable donut.